Swinging Between Water and Stone

Swinging Between Water and Stone

by Steven Mayoff

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Swinging Between Water and Stone is a collection of poems comprising four sections. Each section roughly represents the four stages of the never-ending reincarnation cycle: birth, life, death and rebirth. These themes recur in each section, propelling these poems the way smaller wheels turn within larger wheels. Settings, both urban and rural, imaginary and real, domestic and distant, terrestrial and astral create a kind of existential road trip where the reader as traveller comes across signposts that lead to both the familiar and the inexplicable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771833677
Publisher: Guernica Editions, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Series: Essential Poets series , #259
Edition description: First edition
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Steven Mayoff was born in Montreal and now resides in PEI. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada, the U.S. and abroad. His two books of fiction are the story collection Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press, 2009) and the novel Our Lady Of Steerage (B&B, 2015).

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Some will say we are monkeying around with the grievingprocess when we swing betweenwater and stone. Some will say love is only courageous when we can let go.Some will say I'm exaggeratingthe disfigurement of thesecourgettes for comic effect in an effortto mask my self-loathing.(an excerpt from Courgettes From My Sister's Garden)

Table of Contents

Part 1

Season 11

Red Planet 13

Sea Glass Ghazal 15

Half A Poem 16

Postcard #1 19

Gathering 20

A Pearl Among The Fish Eyes 21

Glasgow (Revisited) 25

Destinations And Departures 31

Part 2

Crow Ghazal 37

Postcard #2 38

Motifs 39

Sweet Jane's Secret Chord 41

Signpost 43

Duck Middle Woman 44

Youkali Cycle 46

Part 3

This Is My Status 67

Ticking Boxes 69

Zig-Zag 71

My First Cigarette 73

Postcard #3 75

Janitor 76

Godot Asks For Directions 78

Safe Words 81

Wheel Man 83

Searching Out Death In Seven Pantoums 86

Death Will Not Bring You Happiness 96

Part 4

Davening Birches 103

Séculier 105

Oblique Strategies 107

The Unprimed Side Of The Canvas 109

Courgettes From My Sister's Garden 112

It All Becomes Fiction 116

Learning To Leave 117

Sleep is god 119

The 99 Billion Problems Of God 122

Postcard #4 125

Raining carnations 126

Acknowledgements 130

About the Author 131

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